Car Specialist - North America
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Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College, with a B.A. in Political Science. After starting as a specialist in Christie’s Motor Car Department, he joined RM Sotheby's in 2000 and played a key role in the continued development of the company’s auction catalogues, marketing, and corporate image.
Over the years, Ian has been instrumental in the success of the company’s Private and Estate Collection Division, managing the auctions of such distinguished collectors as Richard and Linda Kughn, Gene Ponder, John McMullen, Art Astor, Joe MacPherson, Nick Alexander, John Staluppi, and others. Most recently, Ian oversaw RM Sotheby’s pioneering Art of the Automobile auction, held in association with Sotheby’s in New York City. Celebrating the automobile as a singular achievement at the crossroads of art, technology, and design, the groundbreaking sale set numerous records and a new benchmark for presentation at collector car auctions.
Ian is currently the managing director of RM’s West Coast Division and operates out of the company’s California (Los Angeles / Culver City) office. The son of an automotive engineer with years of experience in the industry and hobby, Ian has a strong knowledge of everything from Brass Era automobiles to sports racing cars and has brought some of the rarest and most desirable motor cars to auction.